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Laurel Avenue Chelmer Queensland.jpg
Camphor laurel trees along Laurel Avenue
Population 2,594 (2011 census)
 • Density 1,850/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4068
Area 1.4 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Location 8 km (5 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Tennyson Ward)
State electorate(s) Indooroopilly
Federal Division(s) Moreton
Suburbs around Chelmer:
Indooroopilly Indooroopilly Indooroopilly
Indooroopilly Chelmer Indooroopilly
Graceville Graceville Graceville

Chelmer is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of the Brisbane CBD on the Brisbane River. Chelmer is zoned as a residential area, and consists of low-density housing. It has many fine Queenslanders, characterised by wooden verandahs, wide stairways and roofing of galvanized iron, but in recent years solid brick homes have been built also. It suffered badly from the 2011 Queensland floods, with many homes submerged by the rising river.


In the 2011 census, Chelmer recorded a population of 2,594 people, 50.5% female and 49.5% male. The median age of the Chelmer population was 38 years of age, 1 year above the Australian median. 77% of people living in Chelmer were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 5.3%, New Zealand 2.4%, United States of America 1.2%, Scotland 1%, Malaysia 0.7%. 89.6% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 0.6% Hindi, 0.5% Korean, 0.4% Spanish, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Persian (excluding Dari).


Chelmer is located on a bend of the Brisbane River, with all sides except south bounded by the river.


Laurel Avenue is considered one of the most prestigious addresses in Brisbane by some, for the reason that large portions of the avenue are overhung by large camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) trees (some over a hundred years old). The Camphor Laurel trees have been declared a noxious weed by the Brisbane City Council, as their roots actively seek underground sewage pipes.

Heritage listings

Swain House front
Swain House on Laurel Avenue was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2003

Chelmer has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


By train, Chelmer is divided into east and west by Queensland Rail City network's Ipswich and Rosewood railway line and the Chelmer railway station. The Albert Bridge and a second unnamed bridge join the railway to Indooroopilly. A pedestrian/bicycle bridge, sitting alongside the road and rail bridges, also links Chelmer (on the Southern bank of the Brisbane River) to Indooroopilly.

Coordinates: 27°30′59″S 152°58′33″E / 27.5163°S 152.9759°E / -27.5163; 152.9759

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